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Christmas in the Stars – Away in a Taun Taun

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Away in a Taun Taun” a story from our own Teresa Delgado of Fangirl Next Door.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Star Wars and Christmas, there is nothing else that comes more naturally for me than those two things. I have not always been the Fangirl I am today and while I liked Star Wars there was a time when I did not collect it and my toys of choice were not Star Wars related (BLASPHEMY I know!)

I really began collecting Star Wars figures when the Unleashed line was coming out (2008) as well as Galactic Heroes (at that time they were made by Playskool). Soon after that I started collecting all sorts of things and books became a huge staple of my collection.

Christmas 2010 was a magical Christmas for me. I received two of the coolest things I have ever been given and they remain to this day staples in my collection. These 2 items were things I had seen but had never even bothered to ask anyone for. I vaguely remember showing them to people online but never thought in a million years I would get them. Keep in mind that in 2010 I was 25 years old and the excitement that came out of me on that Christmas day was something I had not experienced since I was a 2-3 years old and got my Care Bear pajamas and Teddy Ruxpin.

The first of the two was a HUGE BOX and when I opened it all I saw was this big squishy mass of grey. As I pulled it out I realized that it was in fact….the Taun Taun sleeping bag. I immediately had to take it out of it’s plastic un-zip it and smell inside to make sure it did not smell and then climb in it. I wish I had pictures of that moment. The next moment was when I opened another box and inside was the collector’s editon of The Jedi Path. That moment might have been an even bigger moment than the Taun Taun. I opened it up, took off all the plastic and pushed the button…the lights turned on the sound effects played and up rose the book out of its vault. It was an unreal experience. The Jedi Path remains one of my all time favorite books and that vault was the coolest way to present this book nerd with a book ever.

It was after that Christmas that my book collecting took off and now I am 28 almost 29 and books are something I ask for every Christmas, including this year. Christmas is such a wonderful time for Star Wars, I could go on and on but I have one more thing that is tradition for me with Star Wars and I will stop. I now have an all Star Wars Christmas tree. It is black with multi colored lights and it is where I hang all my Hallmark Star Wars ornaments, this way they don’t have to fight for a spot on the big tree.

Merry Christmas everyone I hope your holidays are filled with Star Wars Magic.

Teresa Delgado
Fangirl Next Door
Fangirls Going Rogue
Jedi News UK
@icecoldpenguin

Christmas in the Stars – Endoring Memories!

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Endoring Memories!” a story from our own Karl LaClair of The Wampa’s Lair podcast.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Executive Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Endoring Memories!

Whenever I think back on my favorite memories of Star Wars surrounding the Christmas season it’s never to what sort of Star Wars I got on Christmas morning. While it was always exciting to receive a Star Wars present for Christmas, my fondest memory always revolves around the tradition of setting up our Christmas tree.

Back before I owned any of the Star Wars movies on VHS (yes, I’m that old!) the only way I could watch them was when they were on TV. Each year they would play the Star Wars Trilogy on the Sci-Fi channel around Christmas time and each year our family would have either The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi on in the background while we decorated the tree. Growing up in upstate NY we typically had a decent amount of snow on the ground the week before Christmas. So my brothers and I would run outside after we had finished the tree to recreate the Battle of Hoth. We used our bright red toboggan as the Snowspeeder to race down the hill away from the imaginary AT-AT walkers in pursuit. We even set up huge tree branches pointing into the sky to represent the Ion cannon. That’s right, at our Echo Base we had more than one!

But I have to say even more than our Battle of Hoth reenactments, what I remember most fondly about those early years of my Star Wars love expressed at Christmas was actually using the tree to play with my action figures. The Christmas tree would double as an excellent Endor as I used the figures to jump from tree branch to tree branch to avoid the AT-ST walkers gunning for them from beneath the tree. These adventures that started in the tree would often spill over to the mantle over the fireplace. I would use my Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and rebel soldier figures to scale the stone face of the fireplace where they would then camp out on the high ground on the mantle to fire down on the Stormtroopers who would be in pursuit. Needless to say, these everyday Christmas decorations became tools in my imaginary world. And I loved it!

Karl LaClair

Wampa’s Lair podcast.

Christmas in the Stars – A Holiday Marathon

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “A Holiday Marathon,” a story from Tricia Barr of FANgirl Blog!

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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A Holiday Marathon

A few years ago I had some friends over to share Christmas dinner. We don’t make present-giving a big deal in our house so the day had felt more like Thanksgiving – getting a turkey read and baking pies. While I had been cooking, though, I noticed Spike was running a Star Wars marathon so I turned it on. (Naturally!) Later as guests started arriving, they all gravitated toward the television. Typically my appetizers are the center of attention. I never had a chance to turn the marathon off because everyone was watching the movies, commenting about the story and enjoying it.

One friend had never even seen the movies before. She turned to me at one point and said, “I see why you like Star Wars so much.”

It turned out to be one of the nicest memories I have of the holidays.

Tricia Barr
FANgirl Blog
Fangirls Going Rogue
@fangirlcantina

Christmas in the Stars – Christmas Fortuna

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Christmas Fortuna,” a story from Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot!

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Christmas Fortuna

When I was young, whenever I’d be asked what I wanted for Christmas, I’d always say, “Star Wars stuff.”  It didn’t matter what it was, as long as it had a Star Wars logo on it, I’d be great. The first time I unwrapped something Star Wars at Christmas was in 1985, two years after Return of the Jedi. Finding Star Wars toys in that era was impossible and my mother had warned me that getting Star Wars stuff for Christmas didn’t seem likely. Continue reading

Christmas in the Stars – A Call For Obi-Wan

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “A Call For Obi-Wan,” a story from Megan over at Blog Full of Words.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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A Call For Obi-Wan

Most of my Star Wars memories come courtesy of my stepmom’s family. One of the first adult Star Wars fans I was ever met was a family friend on that side. One day, when I was in my teens, she leaned over my shoulder, and, to my great shock, recognized that I was doodling Kit Fisto. Star Wars became our conversation topic of choice. I visited her house once, gawked at the number of action figures she had bought for her son, and marveled at the size and rarity of her Millennium Falcon and X-Wing models. I bought my first vintage figures (Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker and Admiral Ackbar) that weekend.

She died of cancer this summer. Now, those figures will always remind me of her.

A young cousin on that side of the family also got word that I was into Star Wars and proudly showed me his plastic lightsabers. We had many sword fights in the basement, his aggression and tendency to aim for the knuckles pretty much matching my much longer reach. In typical kid logic fashion, there was a narrative to our battles but it was very, very loose. He would switch which character he wanted to be, and which he wanted me to be, in a matter of seconds. “I’m Anakin. You’re Obi-Wan. I’m a good guy. No, I’m a bad guy!”

I only see that side of the family about once a year, on Thanksgiving. I didn’t expect my cousin to remember as vividly as he did, but the next Thanksgiving he was waiting on the porch when I arrived, shouting so enthusiastically that I couldn’t identify the words until I figured it out: “Obi-Wan! Obi-Wan!”

Megan - Blog Full of Words